Studio Marina Hulzenga


a spatial design and art studio




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Designing spatial experiences that connect and inspire change. Specializing in exhibit and installation design, we translate narrative and knowledge into a variety of immersive spaces through storytelling; inviting others to experience the celebration of histories, listen to the land and its people, and constantly engage the philosophical, conceptual, and social dialogues of our spatial surroundings. Absorbed in collecting and research as a means to creativity, our work focuses on uncovering details and connections that challenge our spatial narratives. In both designing for clients or self-initiated projects, we value in depth research, being guided by process and activating conversations.









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ARCHIVE OF HAPPENINGS FROM PRESENT TO PAST: all  project  exhibition  residency  award

A continuation - LIMINAL SPACE | | AWASITIPAHASKAN

Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Space: Bleeding Heart Gallery
Work presented: A continuation - LIMINAL SPACE | | AWASITIPAHASKAN

In this moment, LIMINAL SPACE | | AWASITIPAHASKAN is in the motion of unfolding and deconstructing the map.

Mapping anything is a tricky business. Maps are supposed to tell us what is there and then where there is. They translate space and tell that space’s story. Yet the irony of strong spatial definitions juxtaposing ambiguous and abstract personal imaginations leaves us to wonder how absolute these stories actually are. We talk about history, physicality, geography, politics, and shared experience, all with just one line —a line that tells us “you are here and now you are there.” That line personifies and embodies infinite experiences and potentials, all fluctuating between past, present and future. The real tricky thing about mapping is to realize the severity these lines demand, and to then see beyond that space (non-space) which allows them to be so bossy and demanding.

Liminal space exists woven into the thresholds of happenings. Defined by the spaces they are attached to, they allow for those spaces to be what they are. One space uses the other, one idea takes control, and we start to see the definitive order of all other things. We see what is real and we begin to disregard the other factors that hold the same, if not more, relevance to our reverence— it is as if we forget to see the paper upon which the story is written and can only marvel over the quality of the pen and ink. So much is missed.


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The studio is based in amiskwacîwâskahikan / ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃ
/ Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) on Treaty 6 and Métis territory.